Fisheries Observer Compliance Liaison Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Observer Compliance Liaison to
work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Fisheries Sampling Branch (FSB)
Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP). The position is located
in Falmouth, MA.
The FSB provides observer coverage, through
three programs, Northeast Fisheries Observer program (NEFOP), At-Sea
Monitoring program (ASM) and the Industry Funded Scallop program (IFS),
for several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic federal and state fisheries. The
FSB trains and monitors the performance of fisheries observers while
sampling onboard commercial fishing vessels from Maine to North
Carolina, USA. The data that is collected by observers is tracked,
edited, audited and uploaded to a master database by FSB staff. Data are
provided to a variety of end-users and stakeholders for use in
fisheries management decision making. The fisheries coverage is split
between the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. The NEFOP currently has
an opening for an Observer Compliance Liaison.
- Acting as the lead on incident reporting follow-up. Observers
across the three programs submit incident reports, often within
12 hours of an incident occurring. The compliance liaison
focuses on supporting observers through timely follow-up of
incident reports. Follow-up may include phone conversations that
provide program support, or obtaining additional information, or
meeting observers at the docks in person. Documenting
communications with observers, updating the observer portal, and
providing information to the Office of Law Enforcement (OLE)
special agents or enforcement officers, is required.
- Following up on safety deficiency and refusal reports.
Developing program level memos that consist of information
necessary to support a refusal case for use by the Office of Law
Enforcement. Researching and tracking vessel of concern issues,
vessel visits, communicating with the United States Coast Guard
on vessels of concern, and case follow-up.
the Northeast Area and Mid-Atlantic Area Leads with planning,
coordinating and executing observer coverage in fisheries throughout the
Northeast Region. This will require field visits and communication
with vessel captains.
- Identifying fishing effort by area and
gear by visiting docks and communicating with fishermen is required, to
research effort and seaday schedule tasking.
understanding of program protocols and possible solutions to problems
that observers may be encountering in the field. Recommending changes
and improvements to data/sample collection procedures and protocols, as
- Creating, mailing, and tracking vessel selection
letters, if necessary to target specific vessels for coverage. Ensuring
that vessel selection is random, equitable, and without bias.
- Monitoring call-in compliance of call-in regulated fisheries and reporting monthly to the Area Leads.
to understand how observer program data are used by end-users and
stakeholders in order to educate fishermen and observers.
- Conducting interviews with vessel captains and reporting to Northeast Area Lead.
- Assisting with evaluating observer and contractor performance.
commercial fisheries not yet covered that may require outreach,
research and protocol development, or observing currently covered
fisheries to maintain or become observer certified.
and conducting dockside, post-trip interviews with fishing vessel
captains, to answer questions or concerns, resolve problems, schedule
future trips and monitor observer’s performance.
performance and background information for observer debriefings, when
requested. Conducting exit interviews and six month debriefings, when
- Informing Area Leads of important and controversial data and compliance issues.
to various fishing ports for outreach to help improve industry/observer
program relations and facilitate observer placement in NE fisheries.
Meeting with the commercial fishing industry to explain or answer
questions concerning the observer program. Traveling to and attending
Fishery Management Council meetings or other meetings that are relevant
to the coverage of Northeast fisheries.
- Assisting with
maintaining and updating regulatory compliance information for observer
dissemination; participating in observer support sessions during
- Reviewing safety checklists, providing feedback to
debriefers, auditors, or program staff on vessel concerns or observer
performance in regard to safety requirements.
- Keeping Area Leads informed of any substandard data collection performance by observers.
- Overseeing safety equipment inventory, and providing support to the safety training program as required.
with all facets of observer training, when requested, which may
include: evaluating observer performances, preparing observer exercises,
homework assignments, workshops, quizzes, exam questions and
audiovisuals, reviewing and corrects exercises, quizzes and assignments,
contacting and scheduling industry and in-house participants, preparing
training aids, audiovisuals, gear models, making presentations on
fisheries, regulations or protocols when requested.
to requests for NEFOP data and coordinating with Area Leads and Data
Processing Lead. Coordinating data quality checks with data debriefers
and Data Quality Lead.
- Assisting with monthly seaday coverage
reports for NEFOP website. Tracking seaday accomplishments monthly.
Assisting with other reporting tasks, as necessary.
- General office tasks as necessary: filing, organizing, and compiling information.
research projects: gathering information on the internet, researching a
problem or issue that has arisen that requires a response.
- Documenting decisions and communicating with Area Leads.
- Field testing of computer equipment, observer gear or supplies or fishing gear related to Northeast Area fisheries, as required.
- Participating on research cruises aboard NOAA research vessels.
position is full-time, and the pay is $26/hr. The position is expected
to last for one year, with the possibility of extension. The position is
eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics
- Must have at least 18 months of observer program experience.
- Must have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both the office and field environments.
- Must be familiar with observer safety gear, equipment, and maintenance.
- Must be familiar with the FSB’s incident reporting policies and procedures.
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